Limbaugh, Potter headline 2019 Palmer Cup coaching staff
The winning U.S. Palmer Cup team in 2018
NORMAN, Okla. (Nov. 20, 2018) – It’s months away yet, but the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup is already beginning to take shape. The GCAA announced Tuesday its coaching lineup for the matches at the Alotian Club in Roland, Ark.
Scott Limbaugh of Vanderbilt and Alabama’s Mic Potter will coach the United States while the International side will be led by Canadian Jan Dowling of Michigan and Canada and South African Mark Immelman of Columbus State.
The Alotian Club will be the first stateside club to host the matches since they were expanded last year to include both men and women. The matches will take place June 7-9.
Limbaugh has lifted the Vanderbilt golf program to new heights in his seven seasons with the Commodores. Vanderbilt has logged six consecutive NCAA Regional bids and five consecutive NCAA Championship appearances under Limbaugh while winning 20 team titles -- the most by a head coach in Vanderbilt golf history. In 2017, he became the first coach in program history to win the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award and SEC Coach of the Year.
Potter is in his 14th season at Alabama and has coached for a total 35 years. Potter had already established a Hall-of-Fame legacy before arriving in Tuscaloosa thanks to his impressive work building Furman into a national power. His work over the past 13 years at Alabama has been historic, culminating with the school's first national championship in 2012. In 2017-18, Potter narrowly missed his second national title as the Crimson Tide finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships. That finish garnered Potter 2018 National Coach of the Year honors from the Women's Golf Coaches Association, the second such recognition of his distinguished career.
Named the fifth women's golf coach in U-M history in the fall of 2013, Dowling has spent the last four seasons reshaping the Wolverine program into a Big Ten and a national contender. Some of that hard work has paid off as her Wolverines have made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Championships in 2016 and 2017. After a four year wait, Dowling's 2015-16 squad returned to the NCAA postseason by rallying with a sixth-place finish at the Alabama Regional to advance to the 2016 Finals for just the second time in program history and the first in 14 years. She previously served as Arnold Palmer Cup assistant coach at the 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club.
Immelman is in his 18th season at Columbus State. After 14 years of heading up the men’s program, Immelman was announced as the Director of Golf in the summer of 2015, overseeing the operations of both the men’s and women’s programs. He has worked steadily to rebuild the CSU program to its traditional place among the Division II elite. Immelman's squads have advanced to the postseason in each of his 15 years at the helm and finished as runners-up at the National Championship in 2006.
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The annual Ryder Cup-style competition
top men and women collegiate players from the
against their International counterparts.
Each team will be comprised of 12 men's and
Day one will feature Mixed Four-Ball
two will see Mixed
Foursomes in the morning and Four-Ball in the
afternoon, with 24 singles
matches on the final day.
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